Smokers in Ottawa will no longer be allowed to smoke on city property, parks, beaches and on restaurant and bar patios.

The city’s new anti-smoking by-law is now in effect, leaving some residents feeling under attack.

“I don’t understand why we would have to leave the park or the patio to have a cigarette when it’s outdoors.” said one man. “I feel like my rights are being taken away.”

The by-law banning smoking took effect in April. It’s only been a warning period since then.

Now by-law officers can issue hefty fines for people caught lighting up where they shouldn’t be.

“I think it’s a great idea. I think there’s still places people can smoke and now we can enjoy the fresh air,” said Elizabeth Kennedy, a non-smoker.

The law also includes hookah water pipes.

If smokers are caught, they could face a fine of $305.